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Domestic Homicide Review - Published 25 June 2015

Safer Sandwell Partnership logoThe Safer Sandwell Partnership published a domestic homicide review on Thursday 25 June 2015.

The Home Office asks us to publish independent reviews into deaths of adults which have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relation, partner or member of the same household.

Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, chair of the Safer Sandwell Partnership, said: “This is a tragic case where a Polish woman was killed by her brother-in-law while she was visiting her sister in the UK.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with her family as we publish this review. We thank everyone who has contributed to it.

“In line with Home Office domestic homicide review guidance, we commissioned an independent review to identify what lessons could be learned from the case.

“The report says there is nothing to suggest partnership organisations could have predicted or prevented the tragedy.

“Agencies had no knowledge of the domestic abuse taking place in the home and did not miss any clear opportunities to intervene.

“The Partnership Board has accepted and implemented the independent panel’s recommendations around improving future working.

“In particular, partners have reviewed and improved the way they provide information about domestic abuse services, to help ensure all sectors of the community know how to access advice and support. Partners have also made more formal links with Polish and other newly-arrived communities in Sandwell.

“The Home Office has noted our recommendations and is working with UK Visas and Immigration to consider how best to communicate messages on domestic violence to new arrivals to the UK.

“We continue to work together as agencies to ensure measures are in place to do all we possibly can to prevent domestic abuse, and give victims of violence and abuse the confidence to seek the support they need.”

You can read the publication report.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and need help, call Sandwell Women's Aid 0121 552 6448 or the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247. In an emergency always call 999.

For more domestic abuse services, visit our domestic abuse webpage.